Royal & Derngate are delighted to offer secondary schools ticket and workshop packages linked to a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s play The Caucasian Chalk Circle, performed by The Actors Company at Royal & Derngate Fri 15 – Sat 16 July 2022.

Bertolt Brecht’s epic play is vast in its scope, yet human at its heart, setting the grotesque against the hilarious, with a backdrop of war and revolution.

Featuring live and looped soundscapes using the incredible skills of spoken word poet and musician David Bowden (Word Guerrilla), this exciting and dynamic production by The Actors Company explores themes of justice, motherhood and social corruption through the medium of a play within the play. This I a wonderful opportunity for students to see a new take on a Brechtian classic led by our community actors and directed by Scott Bradley.

Recommended for ages 14+. This show contains adult themes, including war and sexual references.

Ticket Offer:
£5 per person student ticket offer, 1 teacher free per 10 students.
30 free tickets with every workshop booked including three free tickets for teachers.

Directing Brecht Workshop
Director Scott Bradley will delve into the unique style of theatre practitioner Brecht, using The Caucasian Chalk Circle as a text to explore techniques such as Verfremdungseffekt, Spass and Gestus, exposing the mechanism of Brecht’s theatre, the relationship between text, stage action and audience, and theatre’s potential to incite social and political change. This workshop is perfect for students studying Brecht as a practitioner, The Caucasian Chalk Circle as a text, and anyone interested in applying Brechtian principles to their own devising work.

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop
David Bowden is Word Guerrilla a spoken word poet empowering young people with language and words to become critical thinkers. This workshop will utilise beatboxing, live looping, multi-instruments and poetry to explore the themes of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, empowering young people to vocalise their creative ideas and opinions. This workshop will unlock Brecht’s text in an exciting and contemporary new way, whilst providing students the opportunity to have their voices heard.

£200 per workshop
2 Hours duration
Workshop will take place in school/college.
Workshops can be aimed at both GCSE and A-Level students.
Maximum group size 30.

To Book:
Please email [email protected] with your preferred date/ time, what age group and which workshop(s) you would like to book and we will email you a booking form.